Latina and Latino Voices in Literature: Lives and Works, Updated and Expanded / Edition 1

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This revised edition of an award-winning resource celebrates the lives and works of 35 Latina and Latino authors who write for today's young readers. Expanded to include 12 additional authors, updated information on the original 23 authors profiled, and 135 new titles, this comprehensive reference tool helps teachers, librarians, and parents stay current on one of the most dynamic areas of contemporary literature. Both established and emerging voices are profiled. Personal quotes and photographs introduce each biographical essay, presenting information gathered through interviews, personal communications, and research. A complete list of all books and works written by the author is included along with publication information. Annotations are provided for most of the titles, along with information on major themes, awards won, and recommended age levels.

Evaluating Books for Bias provides helpful guidelines for examining and selecting books from a pluralistic perspective. Appendices offer further helpful information about the field, including special awards honoring books by Latinas and Latinos, a calendar of holidays and special days celebrated by the Latino community, and listings of related resources and organizations. The author has also compiled ideas for classroom activities and ways for librarians to extend the literary experience. A title index and extensive topic index—including themes, curricular areas, and genres—help in planning story sessions and study units. This is a multipurpose resource for anyone who wants to help young readers connect with contemporary literature in a meaningful way.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This expanded version of Latino Voices-which detailed the lives and works of 23 Latino and Latina writers, native-born or immigrants to the United States-features 12 new authors, as well as updated information on the original 23. Day children's literature, Sonoma State Univ. has won two book awards from Skipping Stone magazine, a nonprofit that seeks to promote social justice and multicultural understanding, and she chose authors with significant contributions to those ideals. Although intended for readers of all ages, her book comparable with Something About the Author seems best suited for young adults and teachers. Many selected authors e.g., Alma Flor Ada, George Ancona, and Diane Gonzalez Bertrand write exclusively for children. However, most e.g., Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, and Luis Rodriguez write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction for all ages. Thus, this is an excellent source of information on Latino authors for those making the transition from late childhood to adulthood and teachers of children's or young adult literature. Each annotation contains biographic material, interview sources, quotes, photos, criticism, and extensive lists of each author's works. Recommended for public libraries and universities offering teaching credentials.-Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sacramento P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313323942
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCES ANN DAY teaches Latino/a children's literature at Sonoma State University and conducts workshops nationwide. She is the author of Multicultural Voices in Contemporary Literature 1994, 1999 and Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults 2000. Both books won Skipping Stones Awards, which honor social justice and multicultural understanding. Lesbian and Gay Voices was also an ALA finalist for a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Book Award.

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Table of Contents

Evaluating Books for Bias
Lives and Works 1
Alma Flor Ada 3
Francisco X. Alarcon 19
Isabel Allende 25
Julia Alvarez 39
Rudolfo Anaya 49
George Ancona 61
Gloria Anzaldua 77
Irene Beltran-Hernandez 91
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand 97
Diane Gonzales Bertrand 101
Alberto Blanco 109
Maria Cristina Brusca 115
Omar Castaneda 125
Ana Castillo 133
Denise Chavez 139
Sandra Cisneros 145
Judith Ortiz Cofer 155
Lulu Delacre 167
Cristina Garcia 175
Carmen Lomas Garza 179
Juan Felipe Herrera 185
Lyll Becerra de Jenkins 191
Francisco Jimenez 197
Ofelia Dumas Lachtman 203
Victor Martinez 211
Nicholasa Mohr 215
Pat Mora 229
Michael Nava 245
Luis J. Rodriguez 257
Esmeralda Santiago 267
Gary Soto 273
Jan Romero Stevens 303
Leyla Torres 309
Gloria Velasquez 315
Victor Villasenor 325
App. 1: Awards 329
App. 2: Calendar 330
App. 3: Optional Activities 330
App. 4: Resources 335
Title Index 337
Topic Index 341
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